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Forbidden City-The Palace Museum, Beijing

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Within a palace that served as the seat of power for the Ming and Qing dynasties, Forbidden City-The Palace Museum houses a massive collection of artifacts that include ceramics, porcelain pieces, paintings, bronzeware, steles, sculptures, and much more. Built in the early 15th century, the palace holds the honor of being a World Heritage Site and contains an unparalleled number of preserved ancient wooden structures. Bring your ID or passport to purchase entry tickets. See Forbidden City-The Palace Museum and all Beijing has to offer by arranging your trip with our Beijing tour planner.
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  • No need to say it is not to be missed. The "must see" place in Beijing. We had a English speaking guide for our small group, but it was not the best arrangement. Better to do it by yourself, so you ca...  more »
  • If this city before was prohibited for who not were members of the nobility, is can say that now not is it indicated for the impatient. If not have a tour contract, les suggest that plan the visit for not losing the time. If they come to the city by the Tiananmen Square, they will have to do more checks of security and the necessary rows. Is better go live using the line 1 of the metro (the line 2 requires to enter by Tiananmen Square). It is important to arm yourself with patience because the security checks are many (but many seriously) and the signs do not help much. There are that pay a ticket to enter to the complex (15 Yuan) and then another to come to the Museum (40 Yuan in season low, winter). Once one has the ticket in the hand and believes be ready to start the visit, is located with another check of safety. The number of people is difficult to describe: they are hordes of local families very rushed and wanting to win one centimetre at all costs. Once inside, is recommended to buy the audioguide (except that a thorough study has been made previously). Otherwise, they will be touring Palace after Palace without much sense. Never, never, never, let your purse or backpack in the wardrobe. The meaning of the visit is unique and the exit is at the other end. To the have left my backpack in the wardrobe, had big problems for back to back. Nobody speaks English, so do not lose the time trying to communicate is. If they were able to overcome all the barriers, not lost all patience and not get overwhelmed by the crowd, a unique experience awaits you. Important: go with very comfortable shoes.
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  • Not a mysterious as it sounds. The Forbidden city is enormous! It's hard to know where to start and what to see. I advise one of the radio tour guides to help you understand what you are looking at. W...  more »
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  • History to me is amazing and there is plenty of history to be found in China. We tried taking the self guided tour but do not recommend it. Take the tour and listen to the guide they make the trip much more enjoyable. If in Beijing I suggest you at least enjoy a stroll through just to take some amazing pictures.
  • Amazing place but first you must beat all the other tourist. It's a tourist trap. Very noisy with so many people and tour guides. at time you might feel squeeze trying to get a better view. Overall you would leave feeling satisfied. beware of shocking sight of horrific panhandlers
  • Worth the visit. Get your tickets early in the day. They now limit the number of visitors. Neat seeing where the emperor lived with his big family. His power is manifested in the palaces and living quarters.
  • Obviously well worth a visit just make sure you find a day with the least pollution floating around if you want some good pictures. I'd say a place for historians and your average Joe it will take your breath away.
  • It's always the same, you go into a place that everyone sais will take you long time to see to really appreciate and you walk out after only three hours, no matter how little or much impressed a site it was. The Forbidden City is no such place. My wife and I entered at 8h30 with a plan for the afternoon to go to the National Museum of Beijing and ended up not even seeing 40% of the entire Palace Museum when we were asked to exit at 17h such as everyone else, as the Palace Museum closes for cleaning purposes. My wife and I have decided to return to Beijing for the express purpose of returning to the Forbidden City and see all of it magnificence. (Insert Boromir meme: "One does not simple see the Forbidden City in a single day.") Also, food and drinks can be found inside the Palace Museum, no need to bring provisions.